The World of a Wayward Comic Book Artist: The Private Sketchbooks of S. Plunkett is a fascinating look at the creative processes of Sandy Plunkett. A self-taught illustrator and comic book artist, Plunkett came of age in New York City during the ‘60s and ‘70s and began drawing for Marvel Comics at eighteen. Throughout his ongoing career he has drawn for several other major publishers, including DC.
Featuring nearly four hundred selections from sketchbooks kept over the past twenty years, this collection is an insightful examination of the difficulties and successes Plunkett has experienced in keeping his work alive and evolving. The drawings cover a wide range of styles and subject matter, though all are rooted in the visual vernacular of illustration, comic, and popular art of America, evincing influences as diverse as Thomas Hart Benton and R. Crumb. Images of creatures, both actual and imagined, fabulous characters, and dreamlike worlds are juxtaposed with studies from Plunkett’s life. The sketchbook images, along with a foreword by Michael Wm Kaluta and an updated interview of Plunkett by Comic Book Artist’s Tim Barnes, provide a fascinating insight into artistic process, debate, and fruition.
There’s a timeless quality to Sandy Plunkett’s work that never fails to give me a little jolt of envy and inspiration. I love his compositions, his rendering and all the emotion that he communicates with vivid facial expressions and carefully considered body language. I even envy his graceful signature. I’m thrilled to finally have a large collection of his drawings together under one cover.
Kevin Nowlan, Harvey Award- and Eisner Award-winning artist of Jack B. Quick, Boy Inventor
At long last, the drought is over. All of us, and we are legion, who have for decades impatiently awaited that which we knew must exist—a vast trove of unseen Plunkett brilliance—have finally been amply rewarded.
Mark Schultz, creator of Xenozoic Tales
Sandy Plunkett‘s career began in New York City drawing for DC and Marvel Comics. His trademark look can be seen on countless posters, album covers, and political cartoons. He lives in Athens, Ohio.